American baritone Lucas Meachem made his Royal Opera debut in 2009 as Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) and has since sung Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) and Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia). Later in the 2014/15 Season he returns to sing Marcello (La bohème).
Meachem grew up in South Central, North Carolina, and studied at Appalachian State University, Eastman School of Music and Yale University. He started his career in music theatre, moving into opera through young artist programmes with Central City Opera and San Francisco Opera. His breakthrough came when he sang Oreste (Iphigénie en Tauride) for Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has since sung for all the USA’s leading opera houses, and for companies and houses including Vienna State Opera, Paris Opéra, Teatro Real, Madrid, and Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse.
Meachem’s repertory includes Count Almaviva, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Wolfram von Eschenbach (Tannhäuser), Zurga (Les Pêcheurs de perles), Valentin (Faust), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), Eugene Onegin, Marcello, Frank/Fritz (Die tote Stadt), Billy Budd and Guillaume Tell. His concert repertory ranges from Bach’s St Matthew Passion to Orff’s Carmina Burana.
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26 January 2012
American baritone to sing role of Count Almaviva.
Serena Malfi as Rosina, Michele Angelini as Count Almaviva and Lucas Meachem as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia © ROH. Photo by Tristram Kenton
Lucas Meachem as Figaro and Alessandro Corbelli as Doctor Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia © ROH. Photo by Tristram Kenton
Maurizio Muraro, Serena Malfi, Lucas Meachem, Michele Angelini and Alessandro Corbelli in Il barbiere di Siviglia © ROH. Photo by Tristram Kenton
Serena Malfi, Michele Angelini, Alessandro Corbelli, Maurizio Muraro, Lucas Meachem, Janis Kelly and the Royal Opera Chorus in Il barbiere di Siviglia © ROH. Photo by Tristram Kenton
Lucas Meachem as Figaro and Serena Malfi as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia © ROH. Photo by Tristram Kenton
Lucas Meachem as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia © ROH. Photo by Tristram Kenton
Lucas Meachem in Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Royal Opera © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2014
Lucas Meachem in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2012